Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Quality Statement|
|Registration status:||AIHW Data Quality Statements, Endorsed 29/01/2019|
|Quality statement summary:|
Summary of Key Issues
A new National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP) with a new source of data commenced on 1 December 2017. This quality statement relates to data from 1 January 2016 to 30 June 2017, collected under the previous NCSP, and sourced from state and territory cervical screening registers.
Under the previous NCSP, cervical screening programs in each state and territory interrogated their own cervical screening register in accordance with detailed data specifications to supply aggregate data annually to the AIHW. These data were compiled into the only repository of national cervical screening data, although because these were aggregate and not unit record data, these data do not exist in a database per se, and cannot be interrogated further.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) is a major national agency set up by the Australian Government under the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Act 1987 to provide reliable, regular and relevant information and statistics on Australia's health and welfare. It is an independent corporate Commonwealth entity established in 1987, governed by a management Board, and accountable to the Australian Parliament through the Health portfolio.
Under the previous NCSP, cervical cytology data were available within about 6 months (there could be a lag of up to 6 months in the transmission of test results from pathology laboratories to cervical screening registers).
Data to allow performance indicators to be calculated up to 30 June 2017 are inlcuded. Ths restriction means that early rescreening and the cytology-histology correlation could not be included in the data supply.
These cervical screening data are for women participating in cervical screening between 1 January 2016 and 30 June 2017 and for cervical cytology and histology tests performed between 1 January 2017 and 30 June 2017.
Cervical screening data are published annually in the report Cervical screening in Australia, available on the AIHW website http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/cervical-screening/ where they can be downloaded without charge. Supplementary data tables that provide more detailed data are also provided to accompany each report, and these, too, are available on the AIHW website where they can be downloaded without charge.
While many concepts in the report Cervical screening in Australia are easy to interpret, other concepts and statistical calculations are more complex. All concepts are explained within the body of the report presenting these data, along with footnotes to provide further details and caveats. Additional detail on the data sources, classifications, and the statistical methods used can be found in the Appendixes of the report.
Cervical screening data are highly relevant for monitoring trends in cervical screening participation and abnormality detection trends. The data are used for many purposes by policy-makers and researchers, but are supplied and analysed specifically to monitor and inform the NCSP.
All data provided by state and territory cervical screening programs, once analysed, are supplied back for verification.
Cervical screening data are reported and published annually by the AIHW.
|Related metadata references:|
Supersedes Cervical screening data 2015–2016; Quality Statement AIHW Data Quality Statements, Archived 29/01/2019